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Former Wisconsin airman resentenced in double homicide case

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A former senior airman from southwest Wisconsin has been spared the death penalty for a second time in a double homicide conviction and will instead spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The La Crosse Tribune reports that a military panel last month re-sentenced Andrew Witt to life in prison without parole in connection to the deaths of a fellow airman and his wife.

The 36-year-old was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2005. But a military appeals court vacated the ruling in 2016, and returned the case to a lower court.

Witt’s attorney says the life sentence was delivered last month, but prosecutors again sought the death penalty.

Maj. Christopher Goewert says the defense presented evidence of a traumatic brain injury that Witt had suffered months before the attack.

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